NOMOS just won another design award for one of their timepieces. This time, the brand from Glashütte received the iF Product Design Award for their Metro watch. NOMOS received iF Product Design Awards in previous years as well, for their Zürich (2012), Tangomat GMT Plus (2013), and Ahoi (2014).
According to the official press release, “The iF Product Design Award has been bestowed upon outstanding design achievements for the last 60 years and belongs to the oldest and most renowned prizes worldwide. It recognizes “modern icons”—recipients of the iF label awarded by the international expert jury have successfully demonstrated that the design of their products creates added value. This award represents, therefore, not only recognition for the producers, but also gives the customers a reliable evaluation of the product.”
Even though the iF Product Design Award is one of the most renowned prizes world wide, the tricky part lays in the fact that NOMOS won for the 4th time in the last 4 years. NOMOS is honoured with this prestigious design award of course, but if you receive it for the 4th time in a row, is it still a proper benchmark? Since the NOMOS Metro timepiece also won two other prizes, the German Design Award and the Good Design Award, we can safely assume that benchmarking isn’t an issue in this case.
This year’s iF Product Design Award winner was designed by Mark Braun, pictured below.
What’s more is that tomorrow, another prestigious (German) award will be given to a number of watch brands. This is the Goldene Unruh (or Golden Balance) event in Munich and awards will be given to the participating brands in five different (price) categories. NOMOS is participating in the category up to € 2.500 Euro, the category up to € 5.000 Euro and in the category up to € 25.000 Euro. Readers of the German Uhren Magazine and Focus magazine could vote for their favourite watches for this Munich event. The NOMOS Metro is in the category up to € 5000 Euro. If NOMOS will win (again), they might have broken some records here.
The 37mm NOMOS Metro is a manual-wound timepiece with a power reserve and date indicator. What makes this watch so special from a technical point of view, is that it has an in-house developed escapement called the NOMOS swing system. Only few watch brands are able to design and produce their own escapement, NOMOS is one of them. More information about the NOMOS swing system can be found here.
The price tag on the NOMOS Metro is € 2680 Euro (~ $ 3000 USD) including VAT. More information on the official NOMOS website.